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Vendor Profile

Who would have thought a company with the humble beginnings of a backyard garage would become not only the inspiration for the term "Silicon Valley" but also synonymous with all things computing? From printers and ink to PC and laptops, servers and storage, HP is there. Quarter after quarter, the OEM ranks among the top three-server vendors, often taking the top or runner up spot, depending on which research firm is compiling the data.

Like its other product offerings, HP's server families stemmed from a combination of organic growth and acquisitions. The perennially popular ProLiant line for example, became part of HP (NYSE: HPQ) following its acquisition of Compaq in 2002.

The ProLiant line is as industry standard as it gets; however, there is no shortage of options when it comes to form factor, processors and operating systems. At the entry level is HP's ProLiant ML server line, which consists of scalable Intel-based tower servers designed for SMBs.

For organizations that need something more powerful, there are the ProLiant DL servers. HP positions its ProLiant DL servers as ideal for businesses in need of a highly efficient server for tasks like low-risk email, networking, virtualization and messaging. These rackmount servers constitute a large percentage of HP's server sales. The ProLiant DL380 G7 Server series, oft-described as the most popular server in the world, is in this category.

Most ProLiant DL servers are available with both Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron processors. Typically, the Xeon-powered server will have a model number that ends in 0 (e.g., DL580 G7) while its Opteron-powered counterpart will have a model number ending in 5 (e.g., DL585 G7).

For organizations that need a powerful server that is physically smaller than a rackmount or a tower, HP offers ProLiant BL servers, which comprise the HP BladeSystem product family. BL servers, like their rackmount counterparts, are available with both Intel and AMD processors. In addition, HP offers software unique to its BladeSystem.

Rounding out the ProLiant lines is the ProLiant MicroServer series, a general-purpose server designed for data storage, and the ProLiant SL Scalable System, highly efficient, scalable and dense servers suitable for "extreme" conditions.

For enterprises that require additional computing power or have more unique needs, there is HP's Itanium-powered Integrity line. First launched in 2001, Integrity servers now include all of the OEM's high-end server offerings, including HP Superdome and HP NonStop as well as the discontinued HP 9000 servers, whose users continue to be migrated to Integrity banner. There are also Integrity Server Blades and an Integrity NonStop BladeSystem, and Integrity rackmount servers, which HP describes as entry-level and midrange.

Like the ProLiant product family, Integrity servers are industry standard. Their focus, however, is on mission-critical workloads. HP has taken a modular approach to Integrity servers; components are swappable among all Integrity servers, regardless of form factor.

Like ProLiant servers, the Integrity servers support Windows and Linux, but they also extend back to HP's roots and also support HP-UX, OpenVMS and NonStop. Integrity servers come in both blade and rackmount form factors.

Finally, rounding out HP's server choices are its telco and carrier-grade servers.

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Spotlight on HP Servers
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Dell Brings Hyperscale Units Under Single Organization

The vendor is creating the Extreme Scale Infrastructure group to house its businesses that cater to an array of hyperscale organizations.

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Worldwide Server Revenues Top $13.5 Billion in 2Q15

HP holds the top spot again with Dell and IBM following behind.

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Cavium, Canonical Demo OpenStack Running on ARM-Based Servers

At the OpenStack Summit, the companies show a cluster of servers powered by Cavium's ThunderX SoCs running OpenStack, Ubuntu and various workloads.

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Dell Aims Four-Socket R930 Server at Unix Market

Company officials say the newest PowerEdge server will give organizations an alternative to Unix servers from the likes of HP, IBM and Oracle.

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Global Integrated Systems Market Grows to $9.4 Billion in 2014

Converged compute, storage and networking systems continue to gain traction in enterprises.

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HP Launches Helion Rack for OpenStack Cloud Delivery

OpenStack and Cloud Foundry software gets directly integrated with HP server hardware.

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OpenPOWER: The First Fight Isn’t Intel, It’s ARM

Rob Enderle doesn't think OpenPOWER will have much trouble rolling over ARM on servers. There is simply too much of an imbalance.

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HP Debuts Cloudline Servers from Foxconn Joint Venture

The new Cloudline servers are not intended to compete against existing ProLiant servers.

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Server Heavyweights Splashing the Cash in Scooping Up Smaller Cloud Players

Are the latest round of acquisitions in the cloud space a clear sign that OpenStack has become a force to be reckoned with?

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HP Gen9 Servers Pack More Punch

HP continues to innovate with each new generation of servers while maintaining the tradition of engineering quality hardware. Do the new Gen9 systems live up to that high standard?



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Third Quarter 2014 Server Revenues Rise

Reports from IDC and Gartner provide a hint of optimism as revenue and server unit shipments grow, thanks largely to the cloud.

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OpenStack ROI and the Myths of Open Source

If someone doesn't believe that open source delivers better cloud software, what should vendors do? HP's Marten Mickos has a simple answer.

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HP Expands Moonshot Server Portfolio with x86 and Xen

HP's scale-out high-density server platform debuts new application-focused solutions.

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AMD to Demo Hadoop Running on ARM-Based Server

The demonstration will show the maturity of the ecosystem around the 64-bit ARM architecture as it moves into the data center.

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HP Announces First 64-Bit ARM Moonshot Server

HP adds a pair of new servers to its Project Moonshot high-density platform.

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Data Centers Face Major Disruptions in Near Future: Gartner

From competition to changing workloads to tensions with China, significant changes are coming to data centers, the analysts say.

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Intel Sampling Xeon D SoC for Microservers, Networking, Storage

The processor eventually will join two other 64-bit Atom-based SoCs aimed at dense data center environments, a segment also being targeted by ARM.

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New Gen 9 Servers Arriving from HP

Next-generation servers set to support 40 Gigabit Ethernet networking and 12 Gb/s storage drives.

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HP Unveils Smaller, Less Costly Helion Cloud Platform

The company, which is investing $1 billion in its cloud initiative, is continuing to grow the services offered under the Helion umbrella.

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OpenVMS Coming to x86 Servers

HP licenses future development of DEC's OpenVMS to a startup that will push the server operating system forward.

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Lenovo Deal for IBM x86 Servers Gets OK From China

The Chinese government's anti-monopoly agency approves the $2.3 billion deal, which is still getting reviewed by U.S. regulators.

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Lenovo CEO Says IBM x86 Server Deal Will Close This Year

CEO Yang Yuanging said that despite U.S. security worries, its $2.3 billion proposal to buy IBM's server business will be approved by regulators.

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Top500 Supercomputer Remains Stuck at 33.86 Petaflops

The Tianhe-2 retains the crown as little has changed on the most recent list of the world's top 500 supercomputers.

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Which Linux Distribution Powers HP Helion Cloud? [VIDEO]

HP launches its own OpenStack-based cloud platform and also changes the platform's underlying Linux distribution.

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HP Brings Liquid Cooling to Apollo High-Performance Server Portfolio

New Apollo portfolio of servers announced as well as expanded converged systems offerings.

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HP, IBM Lead Weak Worldwide Server Market

Worldwide server market leader HP ended the quarter with $2.9 billion in revenue, for a total share of 25.5 percent worldwide, down 2.3 percent from a year earlier.

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HP Invests $1B in OpenStack Cloud, Rebrands Cloud OS as Helion

Hewlett-Packard renews its OpenStack commitment with a $1 billion, two-year investment in R&D and its new Helion cloud platform initiative.

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HP Joins Foxconn for Cloud Servers

New servers set to complement the existing HP ProLiant server platform.

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Lenovo: No Pay Cuts After IBM Server Deal Closes

Lenovo looks to assure striking Chinese workers that the company will not slash wages or benefits once it takes over IBM's x86 server business.

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eWEEK at 30: Intel, ARM Ramping Up Rivalry in Mobile, Server Markets

eWEEK 30: Intel is playing catch-up in the low-power mobile device market where ARM is its strongest rival. Now ARM is taking aim at Intel's bread-and-butter data center server market.

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HP Tops Slow-Growing Server Market in Q4 2013: Gartner

IBM, which is selling its x86 server unit to Lenovo, saw large declines in both server revenue and shipments, the analyst firm says.

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Dell, HP, Cisco, Others Unveil Servers Running on New Intel Xeon Chips

The high-end systems are designed to tackle data-intensive workloads like big data, business intelligence and analytics and to challenge RISC systems.

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HP DL580 Gen8 Server Innovates with Power

With power and cooling the two most significant operating costs for servers, a more power-efficient solution can significantly impact the bottom line. In that respect, HP's new DL580 Gen8 certainly delivers.

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HP Ending Free Firmware Updates for X86 ProLiant Servers

Only those customers with systems under warranty will get access to firmware updates, which had been offered for free.

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HP's ProLiant DL320e Gen8: Good Things Can Come in Small Packages

While the compact 1U ProLiant DL320 may not offer the cost savings of its MicroServer sibling, it does provide impressive compute power and features ideal for a small business or small branch office.

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Calxeda, Pioneer in ARM Chips for Servers, Shuts Down

Calxeda officials said the company was too early to market, and that its products were not generating enough revenue to keep it afloat.

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Dell Sets Different Cloud Path Than HP, IBM

At Dell World, the vendor announces partnerships with Red Hat, Microsoft and Google, eschewing building its own public cloud.

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HP Advances Its ConvergedSystems Portfolio

New servers debut as HP's AppSystem solutions evolve, including a new Moonshot-powered system for the delivery of hosted desktops.

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Server Revenues Continue to Decline in 3Q13

UNIX continues to decline as Linux rises, according to third quarter 2013 data from IDC and Gartner.

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Server Management Tools: A Closer Look at HP's iLO and Dell's iDRAC

There's more to consider when purchasing new server infrastructure than simply the hardware. Make sure you do a little homework on the management side of the equation before your next server purchase.

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HP Wants x86 to Be NonStop

HP is expanding its NonStop server operating system platform to x86 servers.

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HP Moonshot 64-bit ARM-based Servers Arriving in 2014

HP will begin selling 32-bit and 64-bit ARM-powered versions of its low-power Project Moonshot servers early next year.

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Dell to Demo 64-Bit ARM-Based 'Copper' Server

The system maker will show off the server during ARM's TechCon event, where much of the attention will be ARM technology in the data center.

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HP Debuts OneView for Converged Systems Management

HP takes a new approach to managing converged infrastructure.

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Server Review: HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 Blade Server

In need of the perfect building block for workloads like storage and compute clustering that need multiple physical servers? HP has you covered with its latest half-height blade server.

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Lenovo Looking to Strengthen Server Market Position

The hardware manufacturer is taking on the likes of Dell, HP and IBM in an effort to become a major player in the x86 server market.

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HP, IBM Lead High Performance Computing Server Market: IDC

During the first half of 2013, the HPC technical server market grew 6.2 percent, with an increase of 26 percent in unit shipments, compared to 2012.

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Intel Unveils New Xeon Chips for More Dynamic Data Center

The Xeon E5-2600 v2 lineup includes almost two-dozen chips for not only servers but also storage and networking systems.

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HP M300 Moonshot Servers Get Next-Generation Intel Atom Chips

HP Moonshot servers will soon be receiving a speed boost to go along with improved power efficiency, courtesy of Intel's latest Atom C2000 systems-on-a-chip.

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IBM, HP Lead Weak Worldwide Server Market: Gartner

Worldwide server shipments grew 4 percent year-on-year, while revenue declined 3.8 percent from the second quarter of 2012.

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Data Center Boot Camp Revolution: Creating Leaner, Meaner Data Centers

A closer look at the emerging trends and technologies that are helping reshape the traditionally stodgy, static data center into a more efficient, highly capable software-defined beast.

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HP Sees Interest From Apple, Others in Moonshot Servers: Report

CEO Meg Whitman says that large scale-out data center operators, including Chinese search giant Baidu, are eying the vendor's low-power microservers.

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HP Builds Enterprise Features into New Gen8 MicroServer

While cost may be the biggest driver for the entry-level server market, ease of configuration and management can pay big dividends, as HP's new Gen8 MicroServer shows.

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HP's Project Odyssey Taps NEC for Mission-Critical x86 Servers

x86-based systems running in the same enclosure as Intel Itanium-based servers are a step closer to reality following the hardware vendors' latest partnership.

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HP Moonshot Debuts Low-Power Servers

Low-power hyperscale server platform is finally ready for commercial deployment.

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HP's ProLiant DL560 Gen8 Server Exudes Engineering Excellence

The HP DL560 is an engineering marvel and a crazy fast one at that. Is there any situation where this server wouldn't fit?

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HP Extends Serviceguard to Linux

HP narrows the gap between Unix and Linux with new mission-critical business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities.

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Server Review: HP ProLiant BL660c Gen8 Blade Server

Improvements to HP's ProLiant BL660c blade server help it meet the most demanding data center requirements from virtualization to heavy-duty number crunching.

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HP's CloudSystem Improves Cloud Automation

The company's hybrid cloud development options grow with the latest CloudSystem release.

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HP's Losses Mount as Itanium Server Line Falters

Declines continue in the wake of trouble at Autonomy and a double-digit decrease in business-critical systems revenue.

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HP Builds New Servers for Big Data

The new HP ProLiant SL4500 server series scales up performance to meet Big Data requirements.

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HP Adopts Intel Itanium 9500 and Updates HP-UX

HP's Mission Critical server portfolio gets both hardware and software updates.

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HP Advances Gen8 Server Platforms for Four-Socket Systems

With its latest servers HP aims to enable pervasive virtualization with more performance and better I/O.

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Joint HP and Veeam Virtualization Initiative Starting to Take Real Form

Get a chance to check out the collaborative efforts of the two companies at next week's VMworld virtualization jamboree.

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HP Extends Its Itanium NonStop Servers

The company's new NS2100 Server platform delivers entry-class Intel Itanium architecture.

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HP Wins Oracle App Support for Itanium Servers

Oracle plans to appeal a court ruling that will force it to continue to support HP's Itanium servers.

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HP Pushes Forward on Itanium Unix for Scale-Out Computing

When exactly does it make sense to use Unix and when does it make sense to use Linux? For HP's Business Critical Systems customers, the answer depends on the use case.

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HP Moving from Unix Itanium to x86 Odyssey on Linux

HP is moving forward on its plans for a new generation of mission-critical x86 servers, powered by Linux. What does that mean for Unix on Itanium?

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HP Launches Low-Power Project Gemini Server

HP expands on its Moonshot server vision with a new Gemini chassis that can support both ARM and x86 processors.

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HP DL380p Gen8 Server Delivers Speed and Space

HP's DL380p Gen8 data center rackmount server should be at the top of any IT evaluation for new data center infrastructure.

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HP Aims for Cloud Convergence

New enhancements in HP's CloudSystem provide burstable cloud access.

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Global Server Revenues Decline in 1Q12

The latest global server reports are out from both IDC and Gartner, and despite a few bright spots, overall the news isn't good.

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HP ProLiant Server Buying Guide

Generation eight of HP's ProLiant line of servers debuts as the latest major makeover of the company's x86 mainstay.

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HP Qualifies Netlist 16GB HyperCloud Memory for ProLiant Servers

The HyperCloud memory modules are a good fit for complex enterprise data center scale-out computing applications.

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HP Certifies Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu 12.04 gets its first major server vendor certification, but HP admits Ubuntu is still not yet at the same level as either Red Hat or SUSE.

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HP AMD CPU Upgrades Crank Up the Capacity

A processor refresh doesn't necessarily mean you need a new server. Sometimes, simply dropping in new chips gives your server a huge performance boost. Paul Ferrill demonstrates how AMD's new 16-core chip ups the compute capacity of the HP ProLiant DL 385 G7 by 25 percent.

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HP Support is Always On

New set of support offerings could end the need for the on-site IT support staff.

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Dell Ramps Up 12G Servers with Fluid Data

More power and manageability take center stage in major Dell server refresh.

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HP Profit Dives as Whitman Positions for a Turnaround

HP has dug itself a big financial hole, but it's one that new CEO Meg Whitman has a plan to dig out from.

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HP Project Voyager Expands Server Control

HP is launching a massive new effort to help control a new generation of servers.

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The 7 Best Servers for Linux

Shopping for a new Linux server isn't as easy as you might think. Here's a round-up of what's available for those of you who want to dance with the penguin.

7 Blade Server Solutions to Transform Your Data Center

Boost your virtualization, private cloud or database-backed computing with these new blade servers. You'll save space, power and deployment headaches with high-density blade servers from your favorite manufacturers.

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HP Floats Raft of Cloud Computing Options

From hardware and software to partner programs to training HP has launched a trajectory to the cloud.

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IDC: Worldwide Server Revenues Sluggish but Still Up

The third quarter marked the slowest quarterly growth rate for servers worldwide since the first quarter of 2010, according to IDC. Among global vendors, IBM was the big winner, picking up enough share to pull even with HP.

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Gartner: Server Shipments, Revenue Up in Third Quarter

The research firm says worldwide server shipments and revenues were up in the third quarter of 2011, driven primarily by Asia/Pacific and Eastern Europe.

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Why Supercomputing Matters

What happens in high-performance computing eventually finds its way into mainstream computing. Keeping up with the latest innovations goes a long way toward managing a data center that meets your business' needs.

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HP to Unify Unix and x86 Server Architectures

Dubbed Odyssey, it's HP's plan seeks to transform the server landscape for mission-critical computing.

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VMware, HP refresh Cloud Computing Offerings

VMware updates vCenter Operations Manager, and introduces new vFabric Application Management and IT Business Management suites, while HP introduced HP Technology Consulting Services to help customers blaze a path to the cloud.

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HP's OpenStack Cloud Goes Into Private Beta

OpenStack ecosystem continues to grow, but how do you move data across different OpenStack vendors?

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HP Expands VirtualSystem for VMware

HP packages up physical services to deliver virtual services.

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HP Integrity Server Buyer's Guide

HP's Integrity servers don't see nearly as much refresh action as its ProLiant line. This year, a new NonStop BladeSystem and Integrity Superdome means big changes for its high-end line.

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IDC Reports Strong Server Sales

IDC says server sales, especially for non-x86 platforms, continued to grow but how long can it keep up?

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HP's ProLiant DL 385 G7 Packs Powerful Punch

Plenty of possibilities from the latest version of this AMD Opteron powered workhorse.

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HP Joins OpenStack

HP joins Dell, Citrix, Cisco, Ubuntu and more than 86 other vendors in the land-grab rush for open source stack superemacy.

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HP ProLiant Servers Buyer's Guide

HP's popular ProLiant line spans the full range of server form factors, from microserver to rack, tower, and blade to its scale-out lines. Find out what's new in these five categories.

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10 Server Companies That Make You Think 'Buy,' 'Sell' or 'Hold'

Innovation makes companies memorable. Which of these companies will you remember tomorrow?

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HP Demands Oracle Support Itanium

HP goes on the offensive in its defense of Itanium.

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HP Debuts AppSystem Servers

HP launches new series of integrated hardware appliances for database and virtualization.

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Sun Shines on Oracle as Server Market Rebounds

IDC reports 'meaningful' enterprise server refresh cycle as first quarter server revenues hit $11.9 billion

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5 Reasons to Engage the Open Virtualization Alliance

Connect to this list of heavy hitters in your push toward KVM-based virtualization on any scale.

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